Blanket Flower (Gillardia pulchella): Stage 2 Proving

Copyright 1997- 2004 Eileen Nauman
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THE HISTORY
A member of the Sunflower Family (Asteraceae), Blanket Flower is known by many names: Firewheel, Gaillardia, Brown-Eyed Susan and Indian Blanket. Growing one to two feet tall, this hardy wildflower reminds one of the Fourth of July going off! The round, disk-shaped flowers are a brilliant red tipped in yellow. Many call them pinwheels. Blanket Flower is a tough plant that will grow in the driest of conditions. It also is very fertile and if no other wildflower seed comes up, Blanket Flower will! Such is its procreative ability.

The stems are branched, with more leaves at the base, and less as it moves up toward the flower itself. The leaves are usually three inches long, oblong shaped and the branches have lots of bristly scales among the flowers and hairy stems. They are found from Arizona through Texas and as far south as into Mexico. North to southeastern Colorado and Nebraska also have this brilliantly colored wildflower.

This is one of the easiest of the wildflowers to cultivate. It likes sandy plains and deserts and is often found along roadsides, waving gently in the wind. It is heat and drought tolerant. Some species of Blanket flower may be a maroon-reddish color and no yellow at all, or entirely yellow! It blooms from May through July. The seed pods look like puffy white Christmas bulbs–in reality, there may 20 to 50 seeds in that round globule! To try and pick it apart may cause some splinters to your fingers–so be careful.

THE STORY
Ever since I saw my first Blanket Flower, I’ve wanted them for La Casa de Madre Tierra (the House of Mother Earth). Last year, as Dave, my husband, created yet another huge red brick planter, the Sonoran Desert one, I planted the first seeds of Blanket Flowers in there. Well! Typical of their energy and wonderful, spontaneous nature, they just bloomed their heads off! Some of the plants got two feet high with fifty booms at one time. Needless to say, they are such lovely showoff’s in our Sonoran Desert Planter. They literally, sit in the center of the planter, their red and yellow heads waving and nodding in the breeze that comes up through Echo Canyon where we live.

When I made the Natural Essence, the plant that I used and placed the glass containing the water and blooms beneath, vibrated with such joy, that this essence has been ‘singing’ ever since. Every flower is created uniquely different and so, their energy and expression. Below are the provings on this happy little wildflower.

THE PROVING
Stage 2 proving. Date: 10-17-96, Sedona, AZ with Medical Astrology Seminar participants. They each took 4 drops under the tongue and sat quietly, eyes closed, for 5 minutes and then wrote down the sensations from taking the Natural Essence. These are written in their own words and descriptions. No changes have been made.

THE PROVERS:

MB–female:
1. Lifted up and out.
2. Heart chakra opening.
3. Very spacy–almost fell over–trying to keep my feet on the ground.
4. Pull back in.

DS–female:
1. Color: white.
2. Areas affected: tingles, left-sided, high energy boost, heart opening/joy, hearing and sense of smell heightened, heightened perceptions in general, lightness/bouancy, female energy, scalp felt tingles and itches.
3. Major emotional feeling: felt lifted.
4. Major physical sensation: Felt like I was sitting higher up than normal chair height.
5. Major pattern of imbalance that it can address: awareness of sensory/outside, external events.
6. Major positive healing pattern: gets someone out of not being sensitive to their surroundings.
7. Other: smell of flowers!

DM–female:
1. Color: mauve then white then red.
2. Chakras influenced by the NE: brow, solar plexus and heart.
3. Areas affected: spiritual, calmness, peacefulness, heart opening/joy, in-the-body/anchoring, immediately wanted to remove eyeglasses and did. Saw fields of snow. Rocking from left to right.
4. Major emotional feeling: peacefulness.
5. Major physical sensation: calmness.
6. Major Pattern of imbalance it can address: Moved from brow to solar plexus to heart and up to brow.
7. Other: stillness of winter. Quietness.

JT–female:
1. Color: dark red.
2. Chakras influenced by the NE: brow chakra.
3. Areas affected: physical, spiritual, tingles, pressure in third eye, movement into the meditative state.
4. Major physical sensation: Pressure in third eye. Possible option for headache. However, crown chakra immediately pulsated and put me into a meditative state.
5. Major pattern of imbalance that it can address: Imbalance of third eye. Possible use on kidneys? On schizophrenia?
6. Major positive healing pattern? Balancing out the brow chakra.

DG–female:
1. Chakras influenced by the NE: crown, heart and navel Chakras.
2. Areas affected: physical, left-sided, downer (as from being too hyperactive/tense) to calmness, peacefulness, sexual feeling, unexpected memory emerges, female energy and coyote symbol and Indian dancing/feathers visualization.
3. Major emotional feeling: barrenness and moved to balance (to be out of touch with our feelings, this NE puts us back in touch with them–a more balanced state of being than being disconnected from our rich emotional tapestry).
4. Major physical sensation: heaviness (moving back completely into our body).
5. Major pattern of imbalance it can address: Sterility in females.

CF–female:
1. Color: orange.
2. Chakras influenced by the NE: brow and heart chakra.
3. Areas affected: physical, spiritual, spinning (movie liked, clouds and churning), calmness, profoundness, heightened sense of taste, and taste was like milky and chalky over my tongue.
4. Major physical sensation: heart beating.
5. Major pattern of imbalance that it can address: DNA imbalance/fungus/virus and bacteria.
6. Major positive healing pattern: change at cell level.

HV–female:
1. Color: yellow.
2. Chakras influenced by NE: brow chakra.
3. Areas affected: spiritual, rocking sensation left and right in the head, peacefulness, tiredness, lightness/bouancy, red and yellow sparkly waterfall amid red mist and three cleansing breaths to finish.
4. Major emotional feeling: release.
5. Major physical sensation: energy!

SS–female:
1. Color: purple-pink daisy.
2. Chakras influenced by NE: crown, throat and heart Chakras.
3. Areas affected: physical, emotional, hot, spinning, peacefulness, in-the-body/anchoring, soothing, comforting with heat extending from throat to heart, spinning counterclockwise in head. Deep breathing was experienced.
4. Major emotional feeling: calming and soothing.
5. Major physical sensation: heat.
6. Major pattern of imbalance that it can address: heartburn?
7. Major positive healing pattern: breathing in Life.

LM–female:
1. Color: pinkish-orange.
2. Chakras influenced by NE: heart.
3. Areas affected: spiritual, tingles, both sides, calmness, peacefulness, heart opening/joy, seriousness, in-the-body/anchoring, lightness/bouancy, tingles moved down into feet as if to ground the energy, and itchy left cheek of face!
4. Major emotional feeling: calmness.
5. Major physical sensation: tingling.
6. Major pattern of imbalance that it can address: opening one’s heart and grounding the energy (no more space-cadet or being spacy).
7. Major positive healing pattern: balance and grounding heart energy.
8. Attunement message received: creating the dreams of your heart and grounding them into manifestation.

RS–male:
1. Color: yellow.
2. Chakras influenced by the NE: throat, heart and solar plexus Chakras.
3. Areas affected: physical, warmth, tingles, heightened hearing sense.
4. Major emotional feeling: throat closing, restriction.
5. Major physical sensation: warmth in both hands and later on around upper neck, behind the ear. Twitching of calf muscle in right leg. Opening of the solar plexus (stomach). Warmth all over, later.

BJ–female:
1. Color: purple to red.
2. Areas affected: physical, left-sided, peacefulness, tiredness, pain immediately in, above left temple of head–subsided to an ache later. Eyes becoming very heavy. Restless colors.
3. Major physical sensation: Getting very tired and almost dropping into a sleep stage. Rubbing third finger of left hand. It hit throat and then through my back. Distasteful tasting. Before we finished, both hands were warm to hot.

KM–female:
1. Color: red then white flashes.
2. Chakras affected by the NE: throat.
3. Areas affected: physical, hot, left-sided (pain in left eye).
4. Major physical sensation: heat on back of my neck, hot red flash in the head. Tightness of the throat. White flashes while blinking. Pain in left eye.

MG–female:
1. Color: tourmaline blue and other muted colors faded in and out, but no specific ‘other’ color showing.
2. Chakras influenced by NE: heart chakra.
3. Areas affected: physical, emotional, warmth, calmness, heart opening, androgynous, and I took a few deep breaths of air.
4. Major emotional feeling: calming.
5. Major physical sensation: low buzzing feeling in chest.
6. Major pattern of imbalance that it can address: emotions.
7. Major positive healing pattern: calming.
8. Other: My emotional state was agitated to begin with and wondered whether I should even try this proving.

PR–female:
1. Color: red.
2. Chakras affected by NE: throat and root Chakras.
3. Areas affected: tingles, calmness, peacefulness, in-the-body/anchoring, heavy lower body feeling.
4. Major emotional feeling: peace and relaxed.
5. Major physical sensation: nervous then very heavy and grounded feeling.
6. Major pattern of imbalance that it can address: grounding highly nervous people.

GM–male:
1. Color: crimson, pink purple to turquoise green–vivid colors.
2. Chakras influenced by NE: brow chakra.
3. Areas affected: tingles, left-sided, calmness, peacefulness, high energy boost, hearing and smell accentuated, sinuses opening up, in-the-body/anchoring, warms hands and better on the left side.
4. Major emotional feeling: calmness, heightened awareness, borderline-pre-meditation state.
5. Major physical sensation: sinuses opening. Deeper breathing.
6. Major pattern of imbalance that it can address: Being ungrounded.
7. Major positive healing pattern: More in the body and being aware of surroundings.

BM–female:
1. Color: smelled green?
2. Chakras influenced by the NE: heart chakra.
3. Areas affected: emotional, tingles, right-sided (sexual feeling), left-sided (eyes), calmness. right eye leaked again–not wearing mascara to your classes again! So did left eye.

RC–male:
1. Color: dark.
2. Chakras influenced by NE: brow chakra.
3. Areas affected; tingles, numbness, both sides, tiredness. Everything felt heavy, arms and legs heavy, shoulders burdened.
4. Major emotional feeling: heavy, burdened, and bogged down.
5. Major physical sensation: limbs heavy, shoulders tired, tingling/numbness in hands and feet.

SR–female:
1. Color: warm purple to red to golden yellow–outside and warmer.
2 Chakras influenced by NE: brow and heart Chakras.
3. Areas affected: physical, mental, warmth (sweating), both sides, upper (makes one happy), peacefulness, heart opening/joy, sense of touch accentuated, seriousness, in-the-body/anchoring, heightened perception, happiness, androgynous. Drawing in feeling–like wind blowing through opening at crown chakra/head center.
4. Major emotional feeling: steadiness and easy joy.
5. Major physical sensation: centering and grounding.
6. Major pattern of imbalance that it can address: being out-of-body.
7. Major positive healing pattern: grounding with ease, good for personal awareness and physicality.
8. Attunement message: good for those who are involved with their reflection off of others–codependency.

EN–female:
1. Energy up both legs–tingling of ankles and the front of my calves.
2. Reproductive?
3. Left-sided.
4. Energy curled into hip, pelvic region–internal trembling felt.
5. Energy moved into the trunk of the body–not hot or cold energy.
6. Circular energy moving counterclockwise into pelvic cavity. A lot of tingling.